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Renewable Heat Incentive: what plumbers can expect to be installing

Plans for the future of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) have been unveiled by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), spelling a new wave of opportunities for plumbers and gas fitters across the UK.

The Domestic RHI will support the installation of ground and air source heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal panels, and as such will see many home-owners looking to employ skilled plumbers and fitters – particularly those who have experience in working with modern renewable energy systems.

The first incarnation of the RHI was introduced in 2009 and extended to covering commercial buildings in November 2011. The new plans, announced this week, will be brought into action in Summer 2013 and will see householders paid for any excess energy generated by their green technology that they can return to the grid.

The scheme will continue to cover energy generated by air source heat pumps, biomass boilers, ground source heat pumps and solar thermal technology. It has also been extended to cover heating only air-to-air heat pumps, air-to-water heat pumps and biomass direct air heaters.

Commenting on the launch of the proposals, energy and climate change minister, Greg Barker, said that the new RHI will carry on the country’s move towards a new means of energy production.

“We need to revolutionise the way we heat our homes and businesses and move away from expensive fossil fuels, not only to cut carbon but to help meet our renewables targets and save money on bills,” he said. “Our proposals aim to encourage even more uptake of clean green heating in industry and in our businesses. We have also set out our views on long-term support for those who invest in low carbon kit in their homes and we look forward to hearing your thoughts.”